Most food dehydrator users are familiar with making, eating and enjoying fruit leathers
. However, not as many dehydrator users have tried making vegetable leathers. As the name implies, vegetable leathers are very similar to fruit leathers and are largely made in the same way except, obviously, substituting vegetables for fruit.
The same basic fruit leather preparation steps apply to vegetable leathers including:
- Wash the vegetable
- Cut the vegetable into slices or chunks
- Steam the vegetable until soft. Baking or boiling can also be used
- Puree the vegetable in a blender or food processor
- Pour the puree onto parchment paper on the dehydrator trays to create an even depth of 1/8 to 1/4 inch
When dry, some vegetable leathers can get pretty hard and dry. They can be eaten as is or broken up, crumbled and added to salads, soups, stews or rice to add flavor and texture. Vegetables that can be used in leathers include tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, peppers, peas, squash, pumpkin, spinach and mushrooms.
Published 10/3/2010 12:00:00 AM